Ya know, after thinking about it for about a year now, getting more into baseball, and after going to Montreal last May, i have to admit i really do miss the expos baseball team.
First of all, i always thought the expos had really cool uniforms. the hats with the white front, the blue bill, and red in the back, the creme blue shirts with red on the sides, and the other jersey that had the logo over the heart. Looks so much better than the national's uniforms if you ask me.
Here's an interesting fact, if it wasn't for the Expos, there would be no Toronto Blue jays. When Montreal was awarded an MLB franchise in the late 60's, baseball became more popular in Canada. The string of achievements that Montreal got, namely expo 67, and winning the rights to host the 76 Olympics, the MLB decided to give them a team. In the 70's baseball became more popular in Canada and the MLB was so impressed that they decided to make a second Canadian team. The Toronto blue jays in 1977.
What really killed the expos? well, a number of things. I know Bud Selig always disliked having a team in French Canada, and the MLB wanted to get rid of them much sooner than they did. But what really did it was the 94 strike. When it happened, they were the number 1 team in the league. I know they would have won their division easily. And as good as that team was, i'm almost positive they would have won the world series too. They also lost all their best players from the srtike. Which inevitably led to a huge loss of fans.
They also had a string of bad luck from 97,80, 81. 3 golden opportunities to be world champions and it just didn't happen. Had these bad luck incidents not have happened, they'd have a new ballpark, and not that dump olympic stadium. I swear that team was cursed.
I remember at a Montreal Canadiens game back in 2004 when they released a tribute banner inside the bell centre. Youppi, the expos mascot had now become the Canadiens mascot. I just remember all the people in the crowds pretending to care. Come on Montreal, if the expos really meant that much then you'd still have the team. I learned something from that moment. Nobody ever trully appreciates something until it's gone.